Monthly Archives: October 2014

Journal Contest

Happy Friday Folks!

You all have been crushing it this (max) week with PRs and the usual awesomeness that comes with working hard and having fun at the gym. Today’s benchmark is “JACKIE” which we last did on 22SEPT2014. Flip back pages in your journal to find your time from that day and see if you can beat it!

Now that you’ve got your journal out, we wanna know what you’re writing down! Cue in contest!

Here are the rules:
• Look through your journal and select 5 pages that show your most detailed notes. These can be from the beginning of your CF journey (perhaps during your on-ramp Foundations Program?), notes from a year or two ago, or even now!
• The more detailed it is, the better. Perhaps you wrote down what you learned, particular cues that work for you in a specific movement, a modification you did during a WOD and why you did it, etc.
• Example:photo (3)

What to submit:
• Answers to these questions:
1) Do find having a journal useful in the gym?
2) Do you think you would have purchased your own journal if we didn’t automatically assign one to you?
3) How often do you flip through your journal and why?
4) Do you use any fitness tracker applications to journal as well? If so, which one and why?

• A photo of your most detailed 5 pages from your journal. Don’t worry, we won’t be judging your handwriting. :)

It wouldn’t be a contest without a prize… so winners will be contacted individually with the announcement of the prize. Whoo!

Submit them to: sheena@old.foundationcrossfit.com

FCF October Athlete Spotlight: Eric M.

Get to know Eric M.

-Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
I grew up in southwestern Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and moved around a lot during my 20s.

-Mind if we ask what you do outside of the gym (aka what do you do for work)?
I’m a writer. My personal essays have appeared, among other places, in TheAtlantic.com (http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/06/a-guest-post-for-fathers-day-by-eric-mcmillan/258005/). My first published fiction, a short story, comes out this month in Gulf Coast (copies of which might be available at Elliott Bay, if we’re lucky!)

-When did you start CrossFit? How long have you been working out with us?
I started working out at FCF about 6 months after my son was born, and I’ve been here since June 2012.

-What keeps you coming to our gym?
I like “mixing it up.” I found myself in a bit of a rut going to the gym thinking “today is back and biceps” or whatever. Plus, I missed the challenge and camaraderie I’d experienced working out as part of a team, that simultaneous feeling of being pushed and supported. I was glad to find that here.

-What class time do you usually go to?
I make it in whenever my schedule allows, which shifts constantly around my toddler’s. So I’m usually in either at 4:30 PM or 11 AM. Saturdays are clutch.

-Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
I love pull-ups. I love push-ups. Basically, any workout with some combination of those things (maybe with some running, too) I genuinely enjoy. I really, really hate wall-balls.

-How any double unders do ya got?
In over two years of continuous practice, I feel that I can string together several half-decent double under attempts.

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-Favorite food?
Anything involving smoked pig. I grew up on Carolina style BBQ.

-Favorite trainer? Just kidding.
I resent being obviously baited for an answer, but I genuinely respect the expertise, motivation, and professionalism of the trainers at FCF. They take good care of us.

-Do you have any pets or kids?
My son, Jack, is almost 3 years old and just started pre-school. He loves reading, sticks, trucks, water, mud, bugs, and wants to be Buzz Lightyear. He’s pretty cool.

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-Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I served two combat tours in Iraq. Actually, I served as an Army officer from 1999 to 2009, with peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, a year in Korea, and training deployments to places like Hungary and Thailand. That’s how I ended up here: I commanded an infantry company out of Ft. Lewis during the “Surge” in Baghdad from 2007-2008. Most of what I write about deals with the experience of leading roughly 165 infantrymen in Iraq.

Eric comes home!

-Any outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
The most immediate benefits I could feel was a boost in strength and energy that allowed me to keep up with the demands of parenting. As Jack grows, I look forward to getting back into more activities I used to enjoy, backpacking and cycling and exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific NW.

SLU October Athlete Spotlight: Lauren M.

Meet one of our 6AMers, Lauren M.

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-Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
I am from Sammamish, which is outside of Seattle, east of Redmond.

-Mind if we ask what you do outside of the gym (aka what do you do for work)?
I work at Amazon in the tax department, just a few blocks from the gym :) I’ve been there about 6 months now.

-When did you start CrossFit? How long have you been working out with us?
I started CrossFit in March of 2012 after a big trip to the EU. I needed to get back to normal after eating nothing but waffles and french fries and I had a LivingSocial deal for a gym out in Issaquah, which was near my old office. I started working out at CF SLU when I switched jobs at the end of March.

-What keeps you coming to our gym?
I love how convenient is it for my work schedule. I like getting my workout in before the rest of my day gets rolling and then just have a quick walk up to my office. The 6am crew is pretty rad. Plus, Andrew keeps the programming new and fun. There wasn’t any slack-lining or still rings at my old gyms!

-What class time do you usually go to?
6am, five days a week! Never Saturdays. I have a very strict “no serious effort on weekends” policy.

-Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
Favorite it probably kettlebell work. Least favorite is probably a toss up between wall ball (KAREN) and 5K row.

-How many double unders do ya got?
I am at just over 10 dubs consecutively. It took a long time to get there. I dunno how, but something clicked since I’ve been at CF SLU. I am so proud!

-Favorite food?
Favorite food is mac and cheese. Thus making Paleo and the Whole 30 completely impossible.

-Favorite trainer? Just kidding.
I love you all.

-Do you have any pets or kids?
No pets, no kids. Just got married last November. I like to ride my bike to work in good weather which would make bringing a dog to work pretty hard. Maybe someday.

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-Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
Fun facts… Um. I was a coxswain (the person in the back of the boat who yells a lot) in college on the Gonzaga men’s rowing team, with Dave Hinshaw up at FCF. Uh… I am related to Tom Bodett, the Motel 6 “We’ll leave the light on for ya” guy? My husband’s uncle was in the NFL but never a Seahawk? I like warm hugs…? My husband and I are big NPR nerds. You can usually find us planted in front of the radio on Saturday mornings. We also enjoy going out to eat. This probably impacts my performance negatively.

-Any outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
I feel like I’ve been improving a ton since I’ve joined CF SLU. My max DL and backsquat have both gone way up! I can definitely tell I have more strength and stamina. CF SLU rocks!

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